Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter
ORPHANS rescued by a local church leader from dropping out of school in Mbare yesterday received a donation from a local bank, thanks to Nelson Mandela Day Commemoration.
The 11 orphans who include four girls under Wings of Hope Children’s Home received 11 mattresses, 22 blankets and 11 pillows from Stanbic Bank.
The Home founder, Reverend Ephraim Dube received the donation from Stanbic Bank board member Jonathan Wood.
Handing over the donation, Wood said the donation is Stanbic Bank’s response to the clarion call by the South African Embassy for companies operating in Zimbabwe to donate in cash and kind to local charitable organisations, Children’s and / or Old People’s Homes and other institutions as part of Nelson Mandela Day commemorations.
“Stanbic Bank is honoured to be involved in such a worthy cause which helps put smiles on the faces of the various needy individuals across the country,” said Wood.
“The request by the South African Embassy resonates with Stanbic Bank’s comprehensive Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives through which it ploughs back into the community in which it operates.
“Our CSI initiatives span the full spectrum of socio-economic structures such as health, education, sport, the environment and the arts among others.
“When the Embassy advised us of the items needed at Wings of Hope Children’s Home, we did not hesitate to pick it as our chosen institution to assist given Stanbic Bank’s passion to uplift the welfare of vulnerable children.
“Stanbic Bank recognises the importance of sound sleep and how it helps one rest and recover after often a hectic day for the children.
“We take comfort in the fact that the beneficiaries are now looking forward to going to bed safe in the knowledge that they will be tucked in comfortable beds, with blankets and pillows for a good and well deserved rest,” he said.
“The need to inspire change is now more critical than ever as we work collectively to overcome the COVID 19 pandemic, which has had a devastating impact on health systems, economies, the lives, livelihood and wellbeing of all.”
The Wings of Hope Children’s Ministry, is in partnership with Apostolic Church of Pentecost Mbare.
It was founded in 2005 following deaths of parents from HIV/AIDS leaving children vulnerable and sometimes alone.
The programme, at inception, was feeding about 300 children from the community of Mbare and from these 300 children, 12 children who were most in need were identified to stay with Pastor Ephraim Dube at the church, in a four roomed house.
More and more children have needed assistance since.
Reverend Dube also opened a bridging school because most of the children dropped out of school while some have never been in school.